This is an open seat and two people are running in the primary:
Leigh Finke is a writer, editor, and documentary maker who is (correction: not endorsed by the DFL because the convention deadlocked, but the person opposing her at the convention dropped out) endorsed by everyone but the DFL, including just about all the area political figures (certainly everyone who’s endorsed in the race). Dave Thomas is a Civics teacher and veteran with zero endorsements. (He ran for US House in 2014 as an Independence Party candidate and you can read what I said about him at the time.)
Dave’s stances this time include term limits, a campaign finance rule that says candidates can only accept donations from people who live in their district, and he wants all police killings to result in a trial by jury. He wants to remove Minnesota from the federal student loan program and he thinks tuition should be charged on a sliding scale relative to expected earnings, so it’s cheaper to get a Philosophy degree than a Computer Science degree. (The consistent thing about his stances in 2014 and now is that several, if actually implemented, would result in a truly amazing set of unintended consequences.)
I would vote for Leigh.
In addition to writing political commentary, I write science fiction and fantasy. My book that came out in April 2021, Chaos on CatNet, takes place in a future Minneapolis. It’s a sequel to Catfishing on CatNet and signed copies of both books are usually available from Dreamhaven. You will also be able to get them from Uncle Hugo’s when it reopens at 2716 E 31st St! (and maybe by mail order now? I’m not sure how much mail order Don is doing while getting ready to re-open.)
I do not have a Patreon or Ko-Fi, but you can make a donation to encourage my work! I get a lot of satisfaction watching fundraisers I highlight getting funded (or, in the case of the Movement Voter fundraiser, continuing to raise money past their goal). I explained back in May why I’m fundraising for the Movement Voter PAC and that fundraiser is still active. (Also, I owe some embarrassing readings of my juvenalia to the Internet.)
I also went looking and found two DonorsChoose fundraisers for classrooms at Bethune Community School in North Minneapolis: math manipulatives for pre-K students (this is such a good idea) and a nice book organizer for a first-grade classroom where the shelving is coming apart.
Would you post your all your recommendations in as a guide or tweet on one place I can point people two who won’t read the whole recipe narrative?
I put all the links in one post that’s the current first post.